Meet The Team

Just 13 friends working on a robot.

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Darren

Full Time Boomer

Darren

Darren Wang is a senior at John Jay Senior High School. This is his fourth year on the robotics team. He plans to go to college for biology and mechanical engineering after high school. He enjoys cooking, reading, and sleeping in his spare time. Robotics is his only scholastic club, but outside of robotics, he attends a fiddle group, is part of a fencing team, and attends a research mentorship program. He joined the robotics team because he wants to help create a fun and welcoming place for people who enjoy tinkering and brainstorming. He aims to make everyone in the team feel like they belong and lead the team to success in the competition season.

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Ashish

Vice President & Documentation Leader

Ashish

Ashish is a senior at John Jay High School. He enjoys robotics and working through problems with his FTC team. This is his fourth year on the team, and he has been Vice President in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. He works on different parts of the team as an officer: he helps out in CAD, code, and build. Outside of school he enjoys playing video games such as Apex Legends and Battlefront. He is part of the Math Honor Society, Symphonic Band, and Science Olympiad. He loves working with the team to solve problems through engineering and programming. He also serves the team as a driver during competitions and is the current head of the drive team. Ashish has committed to Northeastern University with a major in Computer Science for the 2022-2023 school year.

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Silvia

Treasurer

Silvia

Silvia is a sophomore at John Jay High School. This is her second year on the Jaybots. Her plans after High School are to go to college and study in the medical or engineering field. In school, she enjoys math and science classes along with participating in clubs like Science Olympiad and Future Business Leaders of America. She is also in the Math Honors Society and the French Honors Society. She is interested in learning and trying new things out. In her free time, she swims competitively, plays the cello, and enjoys exploring the world. She decided to join FTC because she enjoys building things, soldering, and sharing her ideas with others. In robotics, she hopes to learn CAD, make new friends, achieve better leadership skills, and build a robot. Additionally, Silvia helps out with the Engineering Notebook and is the Treasurer of the club.

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Mili

Secretary & Outreach Coordinator

Mili

Mili is a senior at John Jay High School. This her third year in Robotics. She also is a part of the Science Olympiad, Math Honor Society, and French Honor Society. She plans to attend college after high school. Mili enjoys reading books. She assists with the Engineering Notebook team and is outreach coordinator as well as the secretary for the team. She arranged the Lego Robotics Summer Workshop that was held this summer.

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Mr. Amodio

Mentor & Coach

Mr. Amodio

James Amodio teaches Regents Physics at John Jay High School. While this is only his 4th year in the Wappingers Central School District, he has been an FTC Coach at Blind Brook High School as well as Roosevelt and Riverside High Schools in Yonkers, NY. He has also been coaching several Jr. FLL teams in the Arlington School District for the past 3 years. Mr. Amodio is very excited to be working with such a dedicated team as the Jaybots!

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Anish

Programming Leader & Website Manager

Anish

Anish is a sophomore and it is his second year in the Robotics club. He plans on going to college after high school in the field of computer science. He enjoys math & science in school and is part of other clubs like Science Olympiad & Math Team. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis & working on other programming projects. He hopes to learn and work with the new, growing team. Anish is the website manager and the Programming Leader. As programming leader, he trains and manages an ever-growing team of new recruits, teaching them valuable skills like Java, Version Control, and more!

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Matt

Build Leader

Matt

Matthew Laverde is a junior at John Jay High School. He has no experience regarding robotics other than this team, although he has learned a lot. Other than robotics, in school Matt enjoys wood shop, transportation systems, and PE. Matt made the National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) in 8th grade as well. He joined his school's robotics team, now named the Jaybots, this year to put some of his programming skills to good use, although he never ended up programming, and instead worked on branding, such as a name and logo for the team, and then became a hard-working member of the build team. He is now the build team leader.

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Arnav

CAD Leader & Drive Team

Arnav

Arnav is a sophomore and it is his second year with the Jaybots. From robotics, he has learned valuable skills in engineering. He plans to go into the medical field from a reputable school. His current favorite subject is Physics. He is a part of the Cross Country team is also a part of other clubs like Science Olympiad & Math Team. He also learns Hindustani (Indian) Classical music. He joined FTC because he loves robotics and being part of a dedicated and hardworking team. Arnav has fun while building a cool robot. Arnav applies the values that he learns at robotics to all facets of his life. Arnav builds & designs the bot and additionally helps with Engineering Notebook & Portfolio.🤖

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Adriana

Member

Adriana

Adriana is a senior at John Jay High School. This is her first year in robotics. In her free time she enjoys learning about history and geography, and is excited to learn new things with the robotics team and help in any way she can. She is part of Science Olympiad, FBLA, the National and Math Honor Societies, and was a co-captain of the Girls Varsity Swim Team. She plans to attend Dartmouth College in the fall.

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Jason

CAD Team Member

Jason

Jason is a sophomore who is in his first year at the club. He wants to go into Aerospace engineering and is infatuated with computers but is married to his 3d printer right now. He loves to sleep and play games with friends and is very competitive. His favorite class is design and drawing for production, where he learned to CAD. Currently, he is part of the CAD team for the Jaybots but is informally part of the build team.

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Kevin

Builder

Kevin

Kevin Thomas is a senior at John Jay High School. This is his third year in FTC, and he is a member of the build team for Jaybots. He is also part of various other clubs and societies in school, such as the Math Honor Society, History Honor Society, National Honor Society and Interact Club. During his free time, Kevin enjoys playing video games on his Xbox and pc, such as FIFA, UFC, Valorant, and Minecraft. He also enjoys reading, riding his bicycle, and building small projects at home. After high school, Kevin plans to go to college and major in Mechanical Engineering, with interests in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering as well. Kevin joined FTC since he loves both building and robots, and he has loved every part of it since joining in his freshman year.

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Mark

Builder and Driver

Mark

Mark is a sophomore at John Jay Highschool. This is his second year in the robotics club. Currently, Mark is on the build team and he is one of the drivers for the robot, who controls the main arm and the intake. He plans to pursue a career in engineering at college in the future. Mark likes to play sports like tennis and fencing. He enjoys playing video games, running with his dog, biking, and playing the trumpet. He is also in the Math Honor Society, Science Olympiad, and Symphonic Band. Mark is happy to be a part of the Robotics Team and can't wait to see the Jaybots win the competition this year!

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Robert

Senior

Robert

Robert is a Senior at John Jay High School. He has done LEGO robotics in middle school for 1 year and participated in both building and coding. Robert plans to go to college after high school and enjoys simply being at school, but definitely robotics. He is a member of the Math team, FBLA, and SciOly. Robert joined FTC 3 year to help new members learn. He hopes to learn and work with the new, growing team.

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Tyler

Digital Artist

Tyler

Tyler Sammer is a 11th grader at JJHS. Its his 3rd year in Robotics Club. He is a digital artist. He also enjoys hands on building, though focuses on the digital side of the club. He hopes to sharpen his Photoshop skills while working at Jaybots.